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Electrolysis (Overview)

The use of a pulse of electrical current to damage and destroy hair follicles in areas of unwanted hair. Unlike shaving, the root of the hairs are damaged in this slightly uncomfortable procedure.


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What is electrolysis?

What is electrolysis?

Two meanings: Electrolysis is a method of permanet hair removal by using a small amount of electricity to destroy the hair growth tissue. In chemistry it is a process of using electricity to separate water into oxygen and hydrogen. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Electrolysis (Overview)

The use of a pulse of electrical current to damage and destroy hair follicles in areas of unwanted hair. Unlike shaving, the root of the hairs are damaged in this slightly uncomfortable procedure.


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What is the definition or description of: electrolysis?

What is the definition or description of: electrolysis?

Electrolysis: The use of a pulse of electrical current to damage and destroy hair follicles in areas of unwanted hair. Unlike shaving, the root of the hairs are damaged in this slightly uncomfortable procedure. ...Read more

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How often do you have to keep going back for electrolysis?

Depends: Electrolysis is used to remove unwanted hairs. It is moderately effective but some hairs escape removal and have to be electrolyzed again. So if highly successful, only once and you may need repeats to get all you want. ...Read more

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Can electrolysis be used on the tearcanal saftley?

Can electrolysis be used on the tearcanal saftley?

Punctal cautery: It sounds like you are describing punctal cautery which is a treatment for dry eye. It can be performed safely and is very effective in appropriate patients. ...Read more

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I have monthly sessions of facial electrolysis. How can I handle the pain?

I have monthly sessions of facial electrolysis. How can I handle the pain?

Call Your Dentist: Your dentist is the expert in numbing the face with local anesthesia. You should call them and discuss the possibility of coordinating your electrolysis appointment with a visit to him/her prior to numb you up. There is usually a small fee charged but you will be totally comfortable for an hour or so after the injection, so the electrolysis person can do a better job. ...Read more

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After electrolysis can it seem like hair is growing worse?

Maybe: After laser hair removal occasionally while undergoing process quiet resting hairs can be activated to grow. With continued treatment the area will be less. Hair removal can be more difficult in women with polycywtic ovary or other hormonal problems. ...Read more

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Just wondering exactly what is electrolysis and is it safe to do?

Safe: Usually we use it to burn off small blood vessel growth called "spide nevus". It's a low-voltage electric equipment. We also use it to permanently remove hair at axillae(armpits). It is safe in derm's hands. ...Read more

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Does electrolysis send the current down the hair (so you must first grow a long enough hair?)?

Electrolysis needles: Electrolysis uses a tiny, fine needle that is inserted into the hair follicle. While a hair wouldn't necessarily have to be present, the needle has to enter at the same angle as the follicle is oriented. Having a hair present makes this a lot easier for the electrologist to gauge. There are other techniques for hair removal, like radiofrequency, that may travel down the hair, not using a needle. ...Read more

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